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Title

Walk the line

2016


Artist

Lauren Brincat

Australia

1980 -


About

'Walk the line' is a companion piece to 'Salt lines: play it as it sounds', also in the AGNSW collection. The work was filmed at Cape Leeuwin on the south-western tip of mainland Australia, considered locally to be the point where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Brincat invokes this speculative and spectral contact zone as a metaphor for the arbitrary lines that overwrite the world ocean, from meridians and parallels to the International Date Line and, in particular, judicial and territorial boundaries.

Brincat's performance - which culminates with her being subsumed into the ocean's depths - is conducted in solitude and hauntingly finite. Distilling the notions of departure and disappearance, it is understated but insistently political. Colloquially, to 'walk the line' means to abide by a moral code. At a time when the ocean has become a desperate means of passage to asylum and an ideological battleground, the work quietly foregrounds what is at stake in the permeability of abstract borders.


Details


Date

2016


Media category

Time-based art


Materials used

single channel digital video, colour, sound


Edition

1 of 3 + 2AP


Dimensions

duration: 00:05:05 min


Signature & date

Signed l.c. certificate of authenticity, black fibre-tipped pen "L. Brincat.". Not dated.


Credit

Viktoria Marinov Bequest Fund 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

370.2016


Artist information

Lauren Brincat

Works in the collection

3


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history